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Surface tension of an ant on water

  1. Sep 7, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An ant weighs 5 mg and requires 0.5 mm of edge to "walk on water" with the aid of surface tension. How much edge is required for a human who weighs 50 kg?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm assuming that the relationship between area and weight is linear in this case. Is this a correct assumption?? If so, then I know how to work the problem.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 7, 2009 #2
    yes,are directly proportional to weight
  4. Nov 28, 2010 #3
    CAn you explain meaning of edge, I've never used this term in surface tension problems.
    And in my view surface tension can't bear 50kg force.
  5. Nov 28, 2010 #4

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    Think of 'edge' as the perimeter of an area.
    Wouldn't that depend on how much 'edge' you have? (That's the point of the exercise.)

    (Note that you are responding to a post that is over a year old.)
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